Pesach for me is all about Manischewitz

Manischewitz for a kid growing up in the 70’s and 80’s in America was as ubiquitous to Pesach as Matzah. Truly, a Pesach Seder wasn’t complete unless Elijah’s cup was overflowing with Manischewitz and a selection of Manischewitz boxed cake-mix cakes weren’t served for dessert. Now here is the thing: I believe that some of …

Milking the point - why is Shavuot all about dairy?

The creamy cheesecakes and gooey blintzes we tuck into for Shavuot may seem a contrast to our usual meat-based festival menus. 
In fact, those dairy-based treats are not as much of an anomaly as we now find them. According to Jewish educator and Rebbetzen of Cockfosters and North Southgate United Synagogue, Ilana Epstein, our Ashkenazi …

Perspectives - Rosh Hashana

On the first ever Rosh Hashanah, the first ever sin was committed: Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge. How incredible that our first sin was connected to food! Food that sustains us and nourishes us. Without it, we face hunger, disease, starvation and, ultimately, death. On the other hand, too much food …

Schrodinger’s Cardboard (Ilana Epstein)

Matzah. The bread of paradox. How can this very basic bread mean so much to so many? Even the Torah can’t seem to keep it straight – is it the “bread of poverty” (Lechem Oni) or is it the “bread of freedom” (Lechem Cherut). Is it our birthright or the last vestige of our slavery? …

MY SAVTA ETA

I sometimes feel as if I don’t have any rights to the Holocaust narrative; that it was my grandparents’ or even my parents’ story. I sometimes feel that even those who don’t have a family connection to the Holocaust have more of a right to the story than I do. The reason being that, in …